Musical Theatre HNC

UCAS code 113W

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in a career in the musical theatre and performing arts industries, or within community arts, then this course is ideal.

The course will prepare you to cope with the demands of current professional practice and will develop your skills in singing, dancing and acting through a range of performance opportunities and training.

Working in tandem with students on the HNC Technical Theatre, you will also gain an understanding of the complete production process and develop your collaborative skills.

On successful completion, you will have the necessary skills for employment within semi or professional theatre companies or to conceptualise local or national community arts programmes.

Special features

  • You will be taught and work with experienced industry professionals
  • Guest lecturers, industry visits, and industry professionals' masterclasses will enrich your experience
  • Opportunities to develop and lead your own projects
  • Live performance opportunities will enhance your experience and prepare you for work in the real world


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, Or
  • 1 A level at grade D or above Or
  • Successful completion of a related SCQF level 6 or equivalent qualification such as NC Music or NC Acting and Theatre Performance
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or industry experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • You will be asked to attend an audition and interview to assess your musical ability

Access routes

  • NC Music
  • NC Acting and Theatre Performance

Year 1 - HNC

Core units include:

  • Vocal Techniques for Musical Theatre 1
  • Singing Skills for Musical Theatre 1
  • Acting 1: Developing Skills
  • Performance 1: Developing Skills for Musical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre: Graded Unit 1
  • Professional Development for Actors

Option units which may include:

  • Movement for Musical Theatre 1
  • Musical Theatre Repertoire
  • Theatrical Make-up
  • Acting for Radio

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. We hope to have some practical sessions in semester one, however the majority may be in semester two (from January 2021), where this is not possible alternative options will be available.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, practical work, and live performances in college and in the community.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may wish to consider careers in semi or professional theatre performance, cruise ship or holiday camp entertainment, TV or radio, community arts projects, performance therapy and teaching.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider progressing to the HND Musical Theatre, or to the university's BA (Hons) Drama and Production.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Musical Theatre HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.